CELEBRATING THE SEAMEN’S APOSTLE

Posted on 20 June 2013
On the 15th and 16th of June, Penzance Baptist Church celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the death of George Charles ‘Bo’sun’ Smith.

Smith is widely credited with being the founder and inspiration of most of the mission activities among seamen. He was also the second minister of the Church. His role in marine life has been largely rediscovered by the Lutheran, former mariner, Rev. Dr. Roald Kverndal of Seattle. Smith’s role in promoting home mission has also been recovered by Stephen. Both were present and spoke at the event.

Lectures were given, Smith’s hymns sung and his Gospel celebrated. The final act was to gather for a brief celebration of his life at the graveside in Penzance Cemetery with the major of Penzance in attendance. Stephen had the privilege to lead and preach at the grave. He comments, ‘Smith was called by the Times newspaper of his day, the ‘prince of all field preachers’. It was a humbling experience to be able to preach ‘in the field’ at the place where his earthly remains now rest. It was wonderful, too, for Anne and me to meet Roald and Ruth.’

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